Led in part by the Achilles Painter and Phiale Painter, who were trained in the Berlin Painter's own workshop, contemplative figures come to dominate classical art--think of Polyclitus
's Doryphoros or Diadoumenos.
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(54) Excavations have uncovered a statue base which supported a statue of Pythocles by Polyclitus
and, most recently, fragments of three bases inscribed with the names of famous sculptors identified as Athenian.
The influence of Praxiteles and Polyclitus
is often less visible than you--and the makers of the works in question, I suspect--might have hoped.
10: 28-33 (III, 1202, 21-24: Polyclitus
); (olive and laurel) Purg.
Having got to the point of imagining the lady disrobing to reveal a "radiance as of lightning," Philostratus leaps to "O Phidias and Lysippus and Polyclitus
, how much too soon you ceased to be!
In a lost treatise entitled The Canon, the bronze sculptor Polyclitus
of Argos (fl.
The history of the fortune of Graeco-Roman sculptures has been masterfully related by Francis Haskell and Nicholas Penny in Taste and the Antique: The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900,(1) even if it would no doubt be worthwhile to give further consideration to the critical fortune of materials used for reproduction, and particularly to the particular prestige attached to bronze--from the Mantuan works of Antico(2) to the reconstitutions of Greek Urbilder in bronze, instead of the plaster used earlier, which were executed at the beginning of the twentieth century, such as the two Doryphoros that Georg Romer realized from various ancient marble copies of Polyclitus
's athlete.(3) But, in fact, it was not only in modern Europe that copies were made in bronze.
Endlessly, Young Man From the Provinces rings changes on this single theme: Helms, the "U.T." or Universal Type, studying his face and finding it pleasing; Helms having brief affairs, flings really, with the rich and/or famous (the big name dropped is Tony Perkins); Helms pumping iron to produce "a body like the Doryphorus of Polyclitus
"; getting his nose bobbed to improve his chances; Helms "cruising & kissing & drinking & passing out in the johns."